In a recent feature with Interview magazine, New York rapper A$AP Rocky addressed the issue of homophobia in Hip Hop, asserting that the genre is far more forward thinking than many realize.
He also made clear his belief in equality for LGBTQ people, and hopes his fans will follow suit.
“For instance, one big issue in hip hop is the gay thing. It’s 2013, and it’s a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It’s crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip hop is small-minded or stupid — and that’s not the case.”
“We’ve got people like Jay-Z. We’ve got people like Kanye. We’ve got people like me. We’re all prime examples of people who don’t think like that. I treat everybody equal, and so I want to be sure that my listeners and my followers do the same if they’re gonna represent me. And if I’m gonna represent them, then I also want to do it in a good way.”
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